Center for Liberal Arts
At the Center for Liberal Arts, students have the opportunity to cultivate greater historical understanding, improved critical thinking and more articulate modes of individual expression through Webster University's Global Citizenship Program. Our multidisciplinary faculty supports the development of working methods and lines of inquiry that are both exploratory and innovative in character.
Global Cornerstone Seminars
Entering students begin their Global Citizenship Program (GCP) coursework with the Global Cornerstione Seminar class (code: GLBC 1200), formerly known as First Year Seminar). Taught by faculty from a wide range of disciplines, the seminars introduce students to some of the problems and methodologies of scholarly inquiry they will confront and develop throughout their studies.
Knowledge and Skill Areas
In addition to GCP-coded courses within their own major field of study, students take coursework in the fields of philosophy, sociology, history, literature, science and the arts in order to strengthen their understanding of specific knowledge areas and skills sets essential to developing critical, creative and innovative ways of approaching pressing contemporary issues.
Global Keystone Seminars
To further integrate theory and practice and better prepare students for real-world problems, students complete their GCP coursework with a Global Keystone Seminar, a unique opportunity to apply the kind of multi-disciplinary, integrative learning methods so central to a liberal arts education.
Ryan Crawford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy | Head of Center for Liberal Arts
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Social and Political Philosophy
- Contemporary Moral Problems: Why War?
- Literature and Philosophy
- Introductions to Ethics
- Philosophy Reading Course: Capital and Its Discontents
- Philosophy Reading Course: Freud’s Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
- Philosophy Reading Course: Nietzsche
- First Year Seminar: A Genealogy of Scientific Understanding
- First Year Seminar: Crisis and Invention: Experiments in 20th and 21st Century Writing
- First-Year Seminar: The Medium is the Message
- First-Year Seminar: The Life and Death of Socrates
- Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy
- Department Head of the Center for Liberal Arts
Ryan Crawford studied philosophy, comparative literature and English, receiving his BA from Trinity College, CT (2006), and his MA (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At SUNY-Buffalo, he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Rodolphe Gasché and Joan Copjec, and served on the editorial board of umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious and theory@buffalo. Since he began teaching at Webster Vienna in 2012, he has been awarded the Schön Nobel Teacher of the Year Award three times by the Student Government Association. In 2016, he became Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy and Department Head of WVPU's Center for Liberal Arts.
His current research interests are in the fields of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, contemporary political theory, art, literature and aesthetics. His most recent essays can be found in Radical Philosophy, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Evental Aesthetics, The New Americanist and Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. In addition to teaching at WVPU, he also regularly teaches in the University of Vienna's Department of Philosophy.
- Adorno and the Concept of Genocide, eds. R. Crawford & E. Vogt. Amsterdam: Rodopi/Brill, 2016
- Delimiting Experience: Aesthetics and Politics, eds. R. Crawford, E. Vogt & G. Unterthurner. Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2013.
- "Liquidated Subjects" review of Liquidation World: On the Art of Living Absently, by Alexi Kukuljevic, Radical Philosophy 2.06 / Winter 2019, pgs. 111-113.
- "Erdglob nun nun: Über die Naturgeschichte des Menschen" [Earth-Globe Now Now: On the Natural History of Man], Wespennest. Zeitschift für Brauchbare Texte und Bilder 176: Klima, trans. Sandra Lehmann (2019).
- "Proust's Natural History Museum," Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, 28:1 (June 2019)
- "Index of the Contemporary: Adorno, Art, Natural History," Evental Aesthetics: Aesthetic Intersections 2. Vol. 7, No. 2 (2018)
- "Moby-Dick, American Studies and the Aesthetic Education of Man," The New Americanist (2018)
- “The Fossil and the Word: Toward a Concept of the Philosophical Fragment,” Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 29: ‘Thinking with Style’: Philosophy, Style and Literary Form (2018)
- "Time/Speech/Sentence/Screen," in Maske und Kothurn: Internationale Beiträge zur Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, edited by Rainer Köppl and Randy Sterling Hunter (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2016).
- "Dieses Bilderbuchland mit seinem imaginierten Boden. Europa – Adorno – Proust" [That Storybook Land With Its Imagined Soil: Europe/Adorno/Proust], in Bruchlinien Europas: Philosophische Erkundungen bei Badiou, Adorno, Žižek und anderen [Faultines of Europe: Philosophical Investigations through Badiou, Adorno, Žižek and others], translated by Anna Wieder and Sergej Seitz: edited by Erik M. Vogt and Gerhard Unterthurner (Vienna/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2016).
- "Words and Organs" in Adorno and the Concept of Genocide, eds. R. Crawford and E. Vogt (Amsterdam: Rodopi/Brill, 2016).
- "Adorno as Alibi" in Delimiting Experience: Aesthetics and Politics, eds. R. Crawford, G. Unterthurner and E. Vogt (Vienna/Berlin:
"Make It Monstrous: Moby-Dick and 19th Century Psychiatry," in Monstrosity in Literature, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, eds. Unterthurner & Vogt (Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2012);
- "The Terror of Animality: Sartre, Arendt and Badiou," in Metacide: Genocide in the Pursuit of Excellence, eds. Vogt & Watson (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010);
- "Review: Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII, by Marc de Kesel," in umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious (2010).
Julia Ruck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies | Language Center Coordinator
- Elementary German: Levels I & II
- Intermediate German: Levels I & II
- Advanced German: Levels I & II
- Culture and Civilization of German-Speaking Countries: Austrian Identities
- Culture and Civilization of German-Speaking Countries: The Vienna Experience: Culture, History, Language
- Introduction to Linguistics
- Keystone Seminar: Crossing Borders: Language and Power
- First-Year Seminar: Language and Identity
- Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies
- Language Center Coordinator
Julia Ruck holds a Ph.D. in German Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in German as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Vienna. Her research interests focus on sociocultural and discursive approaches to foreign-language teaching and learning, semiotics-based approaches to teaching language and culture, individual learner differences, and linguistic variation in German language-teaching.
In her dissertation “Mindworld and Multimodality: The Complexity of L2 German Learners’ Individual Differences and their Engagement with Audiovisual Texts” she used a complex dynamic systems framework to explore how psychological and sociocultural learner background were related to elementary-level learners’ engagement with multimodal affordances in two genres of audiovisual texts.
She has two current research projects, with the first investigating learners’ beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions on learning (about) language and culture through different genres of audiovisual texts and the second exploring issues of linguistic variation and diversity in German-language teaching and learning.
Prior to joining WVPU, Julia Ruck taught German in the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Russia (State Pedagogical University of Volgograd), Uruguay (Goethe Institut Uruguay), and Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna).
Alongside her research and teaching activities, Dr. Ruck has been working in international German teacher education on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (program “Kultur und Sprache”) and she is a member of the “DACHL Gremium” of the International German Teacher Association that promotes the collaboration among international political and professional stakeholders on issues of German language teaching and learning.
Selection of Recent Publications
- Ruck, Julia (2021, forthcoming). Sprachenpolitische Implikationen zur Sprachvariation im Fremdsprachenunterricht. IDV Magazin 99.
- Ruck, Julia (2021, forthcoming). Sprachenpolitische Kooperationen unter dem DACH-Prinzip. Deutsche Lehrer im Ausland, Frühjahr 2021.
- Ruck, Julia & Shafer, Naomi (Eds.). (2020). National Standards – Local Varieties: A Cross-linguistic Discussion on Regional Variation in Foreign Language Studies. Critical Multilingualism Studies 8(1). https://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/issue/view/16
- Ruck, Julia. (2020). The Politics and Ideologies of Pluricentric German in L2 Teaching. Critical Multilingualism Studies 8(1), p 24-56. [peer reviewed] https://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/article/view/230
- Ruck, Julia. (2020). Multilingualism and Affective Attitudes: The Sociocognitive Profiles of First-Year Learners of L2 German. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 53(2), p. 210-228. [peer reviewed] http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tger.12137
- Ruck, Julia. (2020). Elementary-Level Learners’ Engagement with Multimodal Resources in Two Audiovisual Genres. The Language Learning Journal, [peer reviewed] https://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2020.1752291
- Ruck, Julia. (2019). Eine Frage der Perspektive? Einstellungen Lehrender zu ‚guten’ Deutsch als Fremd-/Zweitsprache Lehrenden [A Matter of Perspective? Teachers’ Attitudes Towards ‘Good’ Teachers of L2 German]. KDV Info 27(52/53). http://www.kdv.hr/images/kdv-info/KDV_52_53_prijelom_web_s.pdf
- Ruck, Julia. (2017). Against All Standards: On Regional Variation in the German Language Classroom. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 5(1), p. 112–143. [peer reviewed] https://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/article/view/85/154
Selection of Recent Conference Participation
- 04/2022 (accepted). Language Ideologies and Pluricentricity in German Foreign Language Teaching, 11th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Vienna, Austria
- 10/2021 (accepted). Linguistic Indifference in Language Policy Regimes: A Critical Discourse Analysis Approach to L2 German Teaching. German Studies Association 45th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN
- 08/2022 (accepted). Panel Co-Chair Sprachenlernen im universitären Kontext [Langugae Learning in Higher Education], XVII. International Congress for German Teachers (IDT) 2022, Vienna, Austria
- 08/2021 (accepted). Sociocognitive approaches to L2 learners’ engagement with language and culture in audio-visual texts, World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Groningen, the Netherlands
- 11/2019. Understanding Austria: How to Teach Austrian Regional Varieties, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, Washington, D.C.
- 11/2018. Multilingual perspectives on audiovisual media, ACTFL Convention, New Orleans, LA
- 10/2018. Eine Frage der Perspektive? Einstellungen Lernender und Lehrender zu „guten“ DaF-LehrerInnen, Annual Convention of the Croatian German Teacher Association (KDV), Vodice, Croatia invited keynote and workshop
- 11/2017. Authentic Film with Beginning Learners: Theory Meets Practice, ACTFL Convention, Nashville, TN, with Jeanne Schueller
- 07/2017. Panel Co-Chair Landeskunde/Kulturvermittlung, XVI. IDT, Fribourg, Switzerland
- 05/2017. Landeskunde und Kulturkonzepte im DaF-Unterricht: Wo stehen wir? Wohin gehen wir? Asociación Mexicana de Profesores de Alemán (AMPAL) Convention, Villahermosa, Mexico
For more information, please visit Julia Ruck’s Academia.edu profile.
Dr. Michael Zinganel
Mag. Dr Dieter Reinisch MRes
Aner Barzilay, PhD
Dipl. Soz. Izabela Korbiel
Mag.art., Matej Santi, PhD
Christof Muigg, MA
Early Modern History
Dr. Viktoria Pötzl
Jean-Pascal Vachon M.A.
Dr. Barbara Rothmüller
Alexi Kukuljevic, PhD
Jana Reißmann, MA
Dr. Maxime Brami
Archaeology and Anthropology
MMag. Dr. Lisa Stuckey
Dr. Sandra Lehmann
Dr. Edward Saunders
Dipl. Ing. Marlene Rutzendorfer
Mag. Paul Fagan
British and Irish Literature
Mag. Khaled Hakami
Seth Weiner, BFA M.Arch
Fabian Faltin, MA
Dr. Judith Albrecht
Claudia Slanar, Mag.a. MA, MFA
Contemporary Art and Film
Clara Holzinger, MA Lic.
Mag. Vanessa Winkler
Rafal Morusiewicz, MA
Sociology, Film and the Arts
Dr. Kerstin Kowarik
Archaeology and Anthropology
Dr. Elena Jirovsky
Dr. Andrea Prutsch
Climate Change Science
Dr. Zorica Siročić
Women and the Law
Bettina Ludwig, BA MA
Mag. iur. Mag. phil. Maria Sagmeister
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Mag. Katarzyna Gruszka, Ph.D.
Global Climate Change
Dr. Melanie Sindelar BA MSc.
Dr. Sabine Bauer-Amin, MA
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Kate Walker, BA MA MA